On the Amendment S.Amdt. 115 to S. 23 (Patent Reform Act of 2011)

Date:

Mar 2, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #30
112th Congress

Result:

Amendment Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to S. 23 (112th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 58
 
 
 
58%
10 47 1
  Nay 40
 
 
 
40%
39 0 1
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
2 0 0
Required: 3/5

Vote Details

Notes: “Aye” or “Yea”?

“Aye” and “Yea” mean the same thing, and so do “No” and “Nay”. Congress uses different words in different sorts of votes.

The U.S. Constitution says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). Congress takes this literally and uses “yea” and “nay” when voting on the final passage of bills.

All Senate votes use these words. But the House of Representatives uses “Aye” and “No” in other sorts of votes.